First, and perhaps the most important impediment to mitigating the devastating costs of the epidemic, is the reality that we live in world that is reliant on opioid painkillers for managing pain. Second, making it more difficult to acquire prescription opioids and failing to address a patient's reliance on said opioids, only has one logical outcome—finding your narcotics on the street often in the form of heroin. While treatment is widely considered to be the best method for lowering active opioid addiction rates, accessing effective addiction treatment services has been trying for many Americans. Which brings us to the third challenge, there are not enough treatment centers for the millions of Americans battling opioid addiction.
The goal of CARA is to provide everyone suffering from the disease of addiction access to proven, effective methods of addiction treatment. The legislation is sweeping, on top of increasing access to addiction treatment services, the bill addresses many different facets of the epidemic, such as:
- Law Enforcement
- Criminal Justice Reform
- Overdose Reversal
"As legislators, you have heard the personal experiences of your constituents whose lives have been affected by opioid abuse," the organizations said in its letter. "As providers, we strongly urge Congress to ensure that existing and newly created programs have the necessary resources to meet the needs of patients and families struggling with opioid abuse disorders."
"We therefore urge you to provide the maximum possible allocation to fund not only the grant programs designated under the bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act passed earlier this year, but to also substantially increase funding for much-needed prevention and treatment efforts for opioid misuse and abuse disorders."